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Nathan Freed Wessler

Roundtable on Targeted Killing: The Secret Bureaucracy of Targeted Killing

[Soldier from 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, conducts a night raid on 18 October 2007 in Baghdad. Image by Spc. Jeffery Sandstrum]

[This is the fifth part of a six-part series associated with a Jadaliyya roundtable discussing targeted killings . Participants include Richard Falk, Nathan Freed Wessler, Pardiss Kabriaei, Leonard Small, and Lisa Hajjar. Click here for the introduction to the roundtable.]  Three US citizens were killed in Yemen in 2011 by drone strikes carried out under the auspices of the government’s targeted killing program. They were ...

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Nathan Freed Wessler


Nathan Freed Wessler is the National Security Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project. He is involved in litigation concerning indefinite detention at Guantánamo Bay and Bagram, Afghanistan; targeted killing; and excessive government secrecy. Wessler is a graduate of New York University School of Law and clerked for the Honorable Helene N. White, Sixth Court of Appeals.